We found our personal “Kokomo” (referring to a famous song by the Beach Boys) at the southernmost point of continental USA. The Florida Keys are a chain of hundreds of tropical islands surrounded by some of the nicest waters I’ve ever seen. The Overseas Highway is the major connection between mainland Florida and Key West, but also going through towns with beautiful names such as Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon or Summerland Key. The drive is absolutely scenic, keeping you busy with counting the different shades of blue. Although the Keys are living off tourism, it doesn’t feel crowded or overdeveloped. Quite the opposite, the islands consists mainly of mangroves – therefore they form an intact natural paradise with abundant marine life, birds and even deer. Well, there’s one exception that stands out of the peaceful rest of the Keys: Key West. With its pastel, well-manicured houses, the town has a fairy tale-ish feel but at the same time it gets quite busy when one or more cruise ships are stopping by. But as a real town, Key West has all the amenities you might look for – lots of restaurants, shops and a great bar scene. Not to my surprise, I liked the lovely cafés, which served the famous Key Lime Pie, best. This region’s specialty quickly became one of my favourite desserts 🙂
Outside Key West, it’s very laid-back. We stayed in an awesome AirBnB at Big Pine Key with some wonderful hosts, who even gave us a free tour on their boat. Our days were filled with bathing in the crystal-clear sea (swimming is a bit tough as the beaches are very shallow), relaxing by our cute trailer or enjoying some gorgeous sunsets. Our favourite place was Bahia Honda State Park, a well maintained park with two powdery white-sand beaches and great views to the old railway bridge. Kokomo – it’s been a perfect finish of our journey to Florida.
Bahia Honda State Park
The so essential and limey Key Lime pie!
Zachary Taylor State Park
Cruise ship plaza
We were not the only ones admiring the sunset…
Our AirBnb trailer